Dec 10, 2012

whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip bars and celebrations

Can I tell you something?  House buying is stressful.  It's a bit of a mind game.  No matter how simple the buying-selling situation may seem, it still results in a roller coaster of emotions reminiscent of the high school dating scene.

Don't get me wrong, it's totally worth it in the end, but be prepared for some serious ups and downs.

We were planning on getting our keys on Friday.  Our loan had gone through with time to spare, and we were on top of the world.  "Home buying must be more difficult than this," we said.

Well, we were right.

The sellers needed more time than expected to get their end of the deal sorted out.  By the time they got themselves together, it was too late on Friday to file the deed for possession.  And, of course, they do not work all weekend.

It sounds silly and trivial, I know.  What's another couple days of waiting after saving a down payment for 3 years?  The problem is that it's a full 73 extra hours.  Hubs and I may have calculated how many hours until we get the house now approximately 26 times since Friday.

But, today's the day!  And, it's also my birthday!  And, it's that awkward wonderful day between classes and finals when I don't have to work!

We're planning on drinking a bottle of wine on our empty (orange shag carpeted) family room floor and enjoying some of these pumpkin bars, while the pup explores a houseful of new smells.  How do you celebrate?

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
Recipe adapted from two peas and their pod
Makes 9x13 pan

  • 2 c white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c canned pumpkin *not pumpkin pie filling*
  • 1 c dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x3 baking pan.  Combine the white whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Beat everything together.  Add the pumpkin and mix everything together on low.  Add the dry ingredients and mix them on low just until combined.  Add the chocolate chips and gently fold them in.  Smooth the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, until the edges just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.

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